Legendary New York City Club CBGB officially closed its doors this past weekend. Patti Smith played the final show. Her two-part set lasted three and a half hours and included covers of the Velvet Underground, Blondie and the Ramones. A CBGB franchise is set to open in Las Vegas next year.
Madonna has filed adoption papers in Malawi.
LCD Soundsystem has recorded a 45-minute track for Nike. The song has been described as the “perfect workout song” and will be available on iTunes soon.
Nirvana is releasing a live DVD titled Live! Tonight! Sold Out! The DVD hits shelves on Nov. 7 and contains material from the ’91-’92 Nevermind world tour. The footage was originally released on VHS in 1994.
Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, has quit the band to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Richie Edwards, bass player, will take over singing duties.
Rumor has it, Morrissey will announce a tour date in St. Louis in November.
Ryan Adams’ message board, www.ryanadams.org, has temporarily been shut down after personal information was being posted, including Ryan’s hotel number, apartment and family information.
R. Kelly’s child pornography trial has been postponed to Oct. 27.
Phil Spector’s murder trial has been postponed to March 5.
In sad news, Freddy Fender, the “Bebop Kid,” has passed away at the age of 69.
Broad Ripple nightclub Rouge has closed its doors. Rouge was located in the former location of the Patio. Rouge had recently started hosting live music again before it closed. A new dance club, Spin, is opening in its place.
In this week’s ridiculous news, it has been confirmed that Barbra Streisand has been offering meet-and-greets on her current tour for $50,000! Fifty grand gets you all of a group photo and four lousy autographs. At least the money from the overpriced meet-and-greets goes directly to the Streisand Foundation, Bab’s charitable organization.